‘The House That Sam Built’

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That’s the name of a current exhibit at the Huntington Library in San Marino devoted to the Alta Loma woodworker, who died in 2009, and fellow Pomona Valley artists of his generation.

My Wednesday column (read it here) is about the exhibit, which opened Sept. 24 and runs through Jan. 30. Above is the chair discussed in my column; the exhibit itself encompasses several rooms and more than 100 pieces: Not just furniture but paintings, sculptures, ceramics and other forms by Maloof’s fellow travelers. Well worth a visit.

The Huntington website gives more details about the exhibit and the institution’s hours and pricing. Learn more here about Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945-1980, the umbrella title for a series of exhibits on L.A.-area art history, of which the Maloof exhibit is one.

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  • shirley wofford

    Regarding your column, on the famous woodworker, Maloof, and your experience, sitting in a Maloof chair, at the Huntington: I had a similar experience, several years ago, when I visited the Getty Museum, in Brentwood. There were two chairs, in a little alcove, one of them labeled, “Maloof”. I sat in the “Maloof”–it’s hard to imagine, that a solid wood chair, could be that comfortable.

  • Ramona

    I’ve done a lot of refinishing of wood pieces over the years and part of the process is rubbing the wood as one works to check for smoothness and texture.

    I’ve always enjoyed any display of Sam Maloof’s work because one is encouraged to touch, feel, rub, and thoroughly connect with the wood.

    I visited the Getty Museum some time ago when there was an exhibit of woods of the world. Of course, visitors were understandably forbidden to touch. I nearly had to excuse myself from the group I was with lest I lose control and start a scene.

    [“Museumgoer charged with wood-fondling.” Glad we didn’t have to see that headline, Ramona. — DA]